September, 2015

This Issue: Wisdom!

We are shifting.  Whew!!  These are the days folks are calling on their Higher Self to get by.  It doesn’t matter what your faith tradition or if you don’t have one.  Wisdom is the invocation.  We seek the discernment to do what is right for us and for…

New Directions: Focus on the Gift

I have been contemplating “the word”, wisdom for this issue of Garden Spices, finding myself with mixed feelings about not only what to write but if I had the right to write about it at all – do I know enough? And if I did, what direction would…

Hoop Dreams

I have seen Lyndon Alec perform his Hoop Dancing at least 5 times, and with each performance his warmth and sincerity shine through his obvious agility.  This time, I caught him at the UNA Global event.  He greeted me with a brilliant smile, and after speaking with him,…

Wisdom: To Have or Not To Have

I found this quote many years ago, “You can’t know what you don’t know, you don’t know.” The beginning of true wisdom is the awareness that you and I don’t know much. Once we realize how much we don’t know, the opportunity for learning arises. Being open to…

Wisdom’s Melodic Voice: From Her Lips to My Ears

Wisdom has been an obsession of mine, with greater and lesser intensity, over the years starting about about the 6th grade. Growing up in a home and culture where the Bible was assumed to be the guidebook to a good and prosperous life, it became my first source…

Hello World!

August, 2015 Donald Trump doesn’t value wisdom. In his black and white worldview, thinking and learning only hamper winning: winning in the television ratings for his popular TV shows and in early polls for his newly started Republican presidential campaign. In his first flashy announcement of his candidacy,…

Candid Conversation: Half Minute Horror

Born out of collaboration between Keith Sims and Tashina Southard, Half Minute Horror began as a way to continually produce work. It embraces moments of terror and challenges writers, directors, and editors with storytelling under extreme time constraints. Just as the title suggests, their horror films are thirty…

The Wisdom of Deep Listening

“What?” seems a far-too-frequent question we ask each other. It seems that most of us are usually focused on our own agenda. Thus, we go about our daily lives only vaguely aware of what those around us are experiencing. Ever hear the advice “Wise up!”? Hmm. Let’s reflect…

Pat’s Crib

She designed it herself!  She bought the fabric, chose the paint, bought the furniture, (much of it from hotel sales), contracted the kitchen renovation, all to the cry of “I don’t know what I’m doing!!”  Amazing what we can do when we get out of our own way. …

Saffron Basmati Rice

Saffron Basmati rice is quite tasty, nice and exotic. This rice is colorful and fragrant. It is a dish from Indian cuisine. It’s better than serving, plain white rice to your special guests. Let’s start making this easy and delicious dish. But first… Ingredients 1 cup Basmati rice…